CERGE-EI Researchers Working on the Model antiCOVID-19 

23 April, 2020

CERGE-EI researchers are participating in the Model antiCOVID-19 for the Czech Republic19 initative that has been formed to develop models that compare the effects of measures imposed to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. The Initiative is overseen by the IDEA think tank.

A group of 29 scientists from twenty Czech and foreign institutions has been working on the development of three models. Each one of them could be used for predictions of the possible effects of anti-spread measures on different scales (whole-country, regional, city). René Levínský (CERGE-EI, coordinator of the initiative,) together with Pavel Hroboň (Advanced Health Care Management Institute) and Jan Smyčka (Center for Theoretical Studies of Charles University), presented the models to the public during a press conference this Tuesday.

"This initiative is another example of the great effort CERGE-EI researchers are putting in to help in this extraordinary situation," said CERGE-EI Director Sergey Slobodyan.

"Just to sum it up, our representatives are members of the various advisory bodies including the National Economic Advisory Committee and the Central Crisis Management Committee. CERGE-EI faculty members and students have joined the IDEA antiCOVID-19 project, and many of us have participated in the development of these models," he added.

Sobodyan himself, as well as Radim Boháček, Miroslava Federičová, Eva Hromádková, Martin Kálovec, Filip Matějka, Daniel Münich, Filip Pertold, Ctirad Slavík, and Michal Šoltés have been involved in the initiative.

More information on the initiative, including a detailed description of the models (A,B), is available online.